Socrates asked insightful questions and got curious people to try to answer them, to sharpen their beliefs about what is.
“Get off this estate. What for? Because it is mine. Where did you get it? From my father. Where did he get it? From his father. And where did he get it? He fought for it. Well, I’ll fight you […]
PlayList of Songs With Geoist Themes For Earth Day 1) Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 “Primavera”: 1st movement, Allegro 1725 2) Johann Sebastian Bach Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, […]
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. […]
Looks who’s saying the emperor wears no clothes Lately the most prestigious British press has run several articles on the most fundamental economic reform, something you could implement in your own locality simply by shifting the property tax off buildings, […]
If a private person or firm gets the rent for land, nobody’s upset, it seems. Yet let government get the revenue on behalf of society, and suddenly it becomes controversial? Why is that? We trim, blend, and append three 2011 […]
The Economics of Destruction Today’s monopolists are often sole buyers as well as sole sellers. In that position, they squeeze their workers and suppliers, often at the expense of quality and variety. How could we reverse that? This 2010 book […]
Death by Public Relations Bush’s War Against Iraq has killed thousands and was based on lies, but most journalists never questioned it. Why weren’t they doing their job? This book, reviewed briefly here, might explain their colossal failure. by Jules […]
Foreign firms create jobs on American soil Disappearing jobs instill fear, but are jobs the only way to qualify for an income? This 2009 book review is from USA Today, Nov 23. by Jon Rosen Whither the American worker? As […]
Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele, The Great American Tax Dodge: How Spiraling Fraud and Avoidance are Killing Fairness, Destroying the Income Tax, and Costing You. Boston: Little Brown, 2000 David Cay Johnston, Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to […]
Are We Living in a Corporatocracy? John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. San Francisco: Berrett Koehler Publishers, 2004. 250 pages. by Bill Batt January, 2005 Conspiracy arguments are always suspect, as they typically have plausibility but no compelling […]
Capitalism and Property … and Moral Values? Hernando DeSoto, The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. New York: Basic Books, Orig., 2000, Paperback Edition, July, 2003. by Bill Batt December, 2004 After its […]
Can Private Equity Cause the Next Big Credit Crisis? Four of the past eight Treasury Secretaries now lead PE firms. New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the “senator from Wall Street”, raises buckets of money from PE firms. Efforts to modify […]
In thirty-two short chapters, each as much a page-turner as the one before, the book has a wide sweep but uses simple terms. It appeals to moral intuition without casting blame or finding scapegoats. by Bill Batt, May 4, 2011 […]
The few who wield the power to grant loans and issue new currency have accrued so much power as to rise above the law.